rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Why ex-army trainers won't help in anti-Naxal ops

Why ex-army trainers won't help in anti-Naxal ops

Last updated on: September 22, 2010 10:33 IST

Why ex-army trainers won't help in anti-Naxal ops

     Next

Next
Gyan Varma in New Delhi

As a result of the huge losses suffered by security forces in the past four years in Naxal-infested states, retired army trainers, who were supposed to be hired on contract to give on-job training to paramilitary personnel in these states, have declined the offer.

Sources in the home ministry said none of the retired army trainers who were contacted by the paramilitary forces to provide jungle warfare training to their personnel have agreed to go and live in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh -- two affected states -- because of the troubled situation.

Click on NEXT to read further...


Photographs: Reuters
     Next

The fear is not without reason

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

The fear of the retired army personnel is not without reason.

In the past four years -- from 2007 till September 5 this year -- around 970 police and paramilitary personnel in the seven affected states have lost their lives, while 886 Naxals have been killed during the same period.

"We can't blame these retired army personnel who have declined the offer because these are troubled areas and not many people want to serve in these states after retiring from armed forces. All their lives, these army personnel have lived in tough terrain and now they want to spend time with their families," said a senior home ministry official.



Prev     Next

'We were ready to match the last salaries'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

The battle between security forces and Naxals in these states has also taken a toll on civilians as 1,286 people have lost their lives because of the violent attacks.

"We were ready to match the last salaries of these retired army personnel before retirement, but they asked us to bring the paramilitary personnel to Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh or places closer to Delhi for training," the official added.



Prev     Next

Retired army personnel were offered more

Prev     More
Prev

More
The ministry official said the retired army personnel were offered a further monthly sum between Rs 14,000 and Rs 20,000 each, along with residential facilities but so far none of them have agreed to be a part of the paramilitary force.

Sources said over 55,000 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and Indo Tibetan Border Police posted in these seven states -- Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh -- could not be pulled out because of the continuous battle with the rebels.



Prev     More
Source: